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Last year’s holiday market in downtown Stamford was a big success. It was sponsored by the Women’s Business Development Council. They planned on inviting more of the women-owned businesses they support year-round back again this year, but rising COVID numbers make that impossible.

Small businesses rely on the kind of shopping experience considered most risky this year: in-person. Overall retail sales are expected to decline this holiday season but one area promises to grow: online shopping. eMarketer expects online sales to make up 14.5% of total retail sales in 2020, up from 11% last year.

So the WBDC came up with a virtual marketplace. It’s a list of Connecticut-based businesses with online stores. Shoppers can get the pop-up market feel without having to shop in person.

Fran Pastore is the CEO of WDBC. Her mission is to help women-owned businesses survive and grow.

She recognizes that many shoppers have gotten

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Business owners facing fines for breaking the state’s COVID-19 rules — including the ban on indoor dining — could go through an expedited adjudication process instead of the courts under a proposal approved by the McHenry County Board of Health on Monday.

The McHenry County Board still needs to consider the proposal, which centers on creation of an administrative adjudication program that would allow the McHenry County Department of Health to process violations of COVID-19 restrictions for businesses more efficiently.



The resolution is a slightly modified version of a program proposal the board approved in September, which talked about simplifying the process of enforcing other public health ordinances, such as illegal burning or food service violations, Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said.

The earlier proposal does not mention COVID-19 violations, while this new version does, stating the coronavirus pandemic has “exacerbated the need for an expedited process to resolve violations

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By Jitu Agrawal, Head of Cloud ERP, Mid-Market – Asia Pacific and Japan, SAP

Supporting a technologically maturing workforce will always be a priority for IT leaders. But lately, a new test is emerging that can put them front and center of a recovery from an anything-but-certain economy.

In recently published research, Oxford Economics revealed that sustained growth and strong customer relationships are increasingly urgent for medium-size businesses seeking operational resilience as a competitive edge. Approximately one-third of surveyed IT leaders are getting the message – prioritizing strategic priorities around growth (35%) and the customer experience (33%) ahead of traditional concerns such as innovation, productivity, efficiency, and business transformation.

Elevating the role of IT

When investing in new technology to support the ability to scale customer experience to drive business growth despite wild fluctuations in demand and market dynamics, medium-size businesses have an endless array to consider. Approximately half of

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June Wilcox is the owner of M. Judson Booksellers, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she’s got a way with words. Still, Wilcox managed to summarize the pressure, the stress, the heartbreak — as well as the go-for-it spirit and optimistic energy — of today’s small business owner in just a couple of sentences.  

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Nicole Cendrowski poses for a portrait at Fireforge Crafted Beer Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Nicole Cendrowski poses for a portrait at Fireforge Crafted Beer Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

When the economy halted in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, “I think the whole world was just like, ‘Gosh, we don’t know what to do, but we got to figure this out, especially because we care so much about serving a community. And we want to make it convenient for people to still shop with us and not automatically default to Amazon,'” Wilcox said. 


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Independent business owners throughout the Upstate embraced innovation 

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Why your Small Business Saturday shopping is so important to your local businesses and your neighborhood, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar)

This year’s Small Business Saturday will be more important than ever to local businesses that have been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and many by Hurricane Sally and the Pensacola Bay Bridge closure.

Many small businesses in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have outdoor markets, gifts and drawings planned for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 to encourage more shopping and help with their economic recovery. 

For J.W. Renfroe Pecan Co. in Pensacola, Small Business Saturday gets the holiday season rolling. This year, the shop plans to give away giftbags, as well as samples, to customers in the hopes of getting more people in the door at its two sites, 400 W. Fairfield Drive and 794 W. Main St., A.

“It’s usually a big day, and we

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Tanika Harper explains why she created Harper’s Naturals skin care line.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Local makers have been hard at work in their virtual holiday workshops, so before shopping the big e-commerce sites, scroll these small business options.

“This year is a little bit different; typically there are lots of pop-up shops and opportunities to be in front of people for people who make local goods,” said Tanika Harper, creator of Harper’s Naturals. “Because those events aren’t happening, I can imagine there will be a lot of last-minute online shopping.”

Tanika Harper is the creator of the Harper's Naturals skin care line.Buy Photo

Tanika Harper is the creator of the Harper’s Naturals skin care line. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel )

Online orders for Harper’s all-natural, handcrafted skin care products are definitely up compared to this time last year. Every holiday, Harper’s body scrubs sell well, as do the bath bombs and natural soaps.

With winter just around the corner, Harper

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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Lem Butler is one of the Black business owners counting on the day after Thanksgiving to boost his bottom line. On Tuesday, he traveled from Raleigh to Durham to assist another entrepreneur reeling from the loss of store traffic due to coronavirus concerns.

“We’re helping Jeddah’s reopen after the lockdown,” said Butler, who owns Black & White Coffee Roasters. “We’ve installed an espresso machine. We’re gonna do a coffee popup inside Jeddah’s Tea.”

At the same time, a short drive away on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, a long line snaked around the Saltbox Seafood Joint for Chef Ricky Moore’s Annual pre-Thanksgiving one day specials.

“We serve crab grits at my original location and now at this location here, we’re serving lobster rolls,” said Moore.

It’s one of his biggest days of the year, but other Black-owned businesses that are struggling now count on the prospect of a

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Several area businesses were recognized last week by the Association of Washington Business during its annual “Evening of Excellence” ceremony.

The event, sponsored by Walla Walla-based Banner Bank, celebrated the innovations of the private sector in a challenging year. It honored family-owned businesses, those that support veterans and employers that have successfully adapted to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Employers have kept our supply chains open, switched their operations to make personal protective equipment and set good examples of safe operations during the outbreak,” association President Kris Johnson said in a news release. “This is our chance to say thank you.”

Winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year was Colville-based Vaagen Timbers, which specializes in harvesting small logs that would not normally be useful in standard timber operations. The logs are used as part of a process, called cross-laminated timber technology, to create lightweight, aesthetic beams that are cost-effective, strong and easy

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Retailers in downtown St. Augustine say people aren’t spending money yet.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A long tradition got an early start in 2020. 

St. Augustine kicked off Nights of Lights one week early, partly to keep crowds down but also to give local businesses a little more time to boost their bottom lines.

Claude’s Chocolates is a sweet little place in downtown St. Augustine, but COVID-19 made the business a bit sour in 2020.

“Business was very bad. It’s been a real rough year,” manager Rob Marston said. 

Marston said the shop needed the boost from Nights of Lights and the people it brings to the town. He said the first extra week has brought more people to the city’s streets and businesses.

“Were we as busy as last year? Sadly not, but it has helped,” he said. 

The city’s decision to turn on the lights one week earlier

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SARASOTA, Fla. – November 24, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

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